May 30, 2009
Fleischer, definitely Fleischer
In this film, the peace and serenity of Betty's country cottage is invaded by a car full of thugs, the "Tom Kats Social Club." Betty attempts to coordinate a defense of the farm animals, but is her usual ineffectual self (other than being sexy, and crying for help when the guys try to have their way with her). A fighting rooster finally calls out the troops and saves the day.
I don't see much Disney influence in this film, other than that the Fleischers chose to animate to the strains of "Rubinoff and his Orchestra," which is definitely more classically oriented than the jazz bands, such as Cab Calloway's, that they usually chose. The puns and sight gags (the sun says "I'm not feeling so hot today" while wearing an ice pack) are pure Fleischer. The level of violence is unusual for a B. Boop cartoon, being more reminiscent of Popeye.
I'm sure that modern women like Sarah probably hate the Boopster because of the intensely stereotypical portrayal of women as helpless sex objects. Of course, like most identity politicians, such women will fail to notice that ALL of Fleischers' characters are heavily stereotyped (including men). Exaggerated stereotypes are one way to caricature and ridicule social attitudes; it is hard to say how much the stereotypes in Fleischers' cartoons reflected their times, and how much they (in the grand tradition of Jewish humor) satirized their times.
October 23, 2007
I hate Betty Boop!!!!!!!!!!!!
Change in course schedule class. You may pick any cartoon you'd like, I'd prefer something like the Family Guy or something raunchy in nature. It'll be more fun!!